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DOVER, Del. --- Chipoffthewall overpowers rivals in one Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Trot while Elton J wins photo in other $20,000 second-leg prelim. Fashion Showdown scored an 18-1 surprise in the $21,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Nov. 17. For the fourth consecutive start in DSBF prelims, Chipoffthewall finished first, but three starts back, in the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington, after finishing first by 9½-lengths, the Mr. Lavec-Off The wall gelding was disqualified for an early race interference and placed last. Tony Morgan drove the Syl King leased and trained winner to an untested 1:59.2 victory. Mondello (Art Stafford Jr.) was runner-up. Popcorn Machine (Jim Morand) was the show horse. The win was the fifth in 10 starts for the $51,440 winning juvenile. Carlo Poliseno and Jane Dunavant's Elton J left smartly from the outside to take the lead and led until the far turn when Policized (Brett Miller) rushed past to take over until late in the lane when Poliseno rallied the Dusty Winner-Cashmere gelding to overtake Policized for a 2:02.3 triumph. Chrome Master (Eddie Dennis) finished third. Fashion Showdown pulled an 18-1 upset in the distaff $21,000 Open Handicap. Odds-on favorite Lady Shadow (B. Miller) cut out the early fast pace and led until Ross Wolfenden shot Fashion Showdown past approaching the three-quarter pole and the opened up the rest of the 1:51 mile. Chris White owns the five-year-old Village Jolt-Catch The Show mare who scored her 11th victory in 27 starts this season. She has now won $122,735 this year. Lady Shadow held on for second with Hearts N Flowers (Allan Davis) third. Ross Wolfenden had Allan Davis reached the winner's circle three-times each. The last of the $20,000 DSBF prelims featuring freshmen filly pacers along with Tough Mac, Power Charger and last week's winner Spunky Jack head the $20,000 Open Handicap trot on the Wednesday card. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs Two $20,000 DSBF freshman colt 2nd leg pace prelims and an $18,000 Open trot tops the Monday card. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. By popular request, the Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. Marv Bachrad

There were four divisions of the Liberty Bell series at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 24) for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, each going for a purse of $35,000. In the first division, it was Erv Miller charge McDave (Marcus Miller) with a gate-to-wire score.   The son of McArdle set fractions of :27.1, :56.2, and 1:25.3, before sprinting away to win by a wrapped-up 2 lengths in 1:53.   It was the fourth career win for McDave ($3.20), who is owned by Ron Michelon, and Dave and John Prushnok. Race two featured Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner Ideal Jimmy (Marcus Miller) as the heavy 1-5 race favorite.   An upset was in the cards however, as Joe and Vince Barbera's JJ Flynn (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) used a pocket trip to pick up the win.   The son of Western Ideal won by two lengths in the end, stopping the clock in 1:52.3.   It was the first career win for JJ Flynn ($13.80) in eight career start. He is trained by Chris Ryder.   Division three saw Tony Alagna trainee Sam McSmith best the field.   The son of McArdle settled in behind the early speed of the outside leavers.   He was able to successfully quarter-brush from that point, holding the lead until the finish, completing the mile in 1:54.1.   It was the third win in four starts for Sam McSmith (Tony Morgan), who is owned by Andray Farms and David J. Miller. He paid $10.80. In the fourth and final division, it was He's Marvalous (Marcus Miller) springing the upset ($29.20).   The son of Delmarvalous settled into the pocket behind the speed of favorite Pretty Boy Hill (George Brennan).   He vacated the pocket at the top of the stretch, going on to a two length win in 1:52.   He is owned by Badlands Racing and The L.A. Express Stable's, and trained by Erv Miller.   It was one of four wins on the day for Marcus Miller. Michael Bozich

Jason and Susan Skinner's BJ's Sweetheart ($3.20, Tony Morgan) notched her seventh win of the year in 1:52.4 in the $12,500 Mares Open II at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway.  Trained by co-owner Jason Skinner, the 5-year-old No Pan Intended mare assumed command near the half-mile and never relented from there in her open length win over A La Notte Hanover and a hard charging Matinee Dragon.  It was one of four wins on the program for Morgan.  George Dennis had a trainer/driver double.    Wednesday's (September 23) program at Harrington Raceway will support the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition as horse bracelets and other merchandise with be made available for purchase in the paddock and grandstand lobby areas. All proceeds will go to benefit the DBCC. The seventh race on the 12 race program was named in the DBCC's honor. To learn more about DBCC, please visit www.debreastcancer.org. Matt Sparacino

Ronald Dixon's Ken Kam (Tony Morgan, $9) ended his half-mile racetrack hiatus and was a 1:52.2 winner in the $12,500 Open II feature at Harrington Raceway Monday. Trained by Dixon, Ken Kam,a 6-year-old ridgling sired by Cancun Hanover, overpowered pacesetter SB Mikes Hot Beach and held off a cavalry charge to the wire for a narrow win over Leyden and Special T Rocks. Trained by his owner, Ken Kam is the richest son of his sire Cancun Hanover, who won the Harrington Handicap, the track's former signature race in 2003. Ken Kam has not raced at Harrington or any half-mile racetrack since his sophomore season in 2012. Montrell Teague, George Dennis, Allan Davis and Pat Berry each had a driving double. Matt Sparacino

Delaware-sired pacing colts and geldings kicked off the second week of DSBF (Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund) stakes action Monday at the harness racing meeting at  Harrington Raceway. In the first DSBF division, Mo Coo Inc. and Jonathan Klee Racing's Quick Art ($7, Tony Morgan) set the fractions after taking the lead in prompt fashion from post position six while Remember Me VK challenged first over and Roddy's Hot Again waited in the pocket throughout. Remember Me Vk put in a strong rally but could not get to a game Quick Art, who would prevail in 1:51.3. Roddy's Hot Again was third. It was the first defeat in 2015 for Remember Me VK, who went off as the 1-to-5 favorite. Quick Art notched his sixth win of the year for trainer Josh Green, who captured both divisions of DSBF action Monday. Michael White's Son of a Sizzle (Victor Kirby, $2.10) captured the second division with a commanding score over Smoking Joey and Art Season in 1:52.4. The Life Sizzles colt never had an anxious moment in his open length score for trainer Green. John Cancelliere's Special T Rocks (Jon Roberts, $6.60) prevailed in the $12,500 Kenny McNutt Memorial in 1:51.1 for his third straight win for trainer Joe Hundertpfund. The race was named in the honor of long-time trainer/driver McNutt, who had Canadian roots but spent many years racing in the Mid-Atlantic region and passed away earlier this year. Kirby had three driving wins on the program. Matt Sparacino  

Wednesday marked the commencement of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old trotters at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway with five $20,000 divisions. Three filly divisions were contested as well as two for colts and geldings, both held as non-wagering events. Nanticoke Racing and Delbert Cain's Go Byem (Les Givens) took the first of the non wagering races with a dazzling 1:56, 13-length margin of victory over Political Foe and Political Cash. Trained by his driver, Go Byem recorded his fourth career win in 10 starts. Sired by Impel Hanover, Go Byem took his lifetime mark of 1:53 on June 19 at the Meadowlands as one of the few Delaware-sired trotters to win a race in recent history at the New Jersey racetrack, a venue he's won at on two occasions. Wednesday's win was just a tick off the track record of 1:55.4, held by I Like My Boss. Ed Kimmel and Don and David Wiest's Perfect Vangogh (Tony Morgan) captured the remaining colt and gelding division with a 1:59.3 triumph over Luck Dynasty and Win Power. A son of JM Vangogh, Perfect Vangogh was trained by Donald Wiest. Callmemza ($4.40, Jon Roberts) won the first filly division in 2:00.2 for co-owner/trainer Bib Roberts and co-owners Graham Grace Stables and M&W Stables. Callmemza, a daughter of Great George Two followed pacesetter My Fire Cloud Too throughout before surging clear of that rival in the final strides for a narrow win. Collen In Command was third. Marvin Meyer's Cuddle Punk ($5, Allan Davis) took the second division with a 1:58.3 blowout win over Bella's Punkett and Laurie Lin. The complexion of the race changed when 3-to-5 favorite Penny Paratrooper went off stride behind the gate. For Cuddle Punk, the Joe King-trainee and daughter of Super Punk scored her third career win. Another daughter of Super Punk, I Got Spunk, went post ward as the 1-to-5 favorite in the final DSBF division, but was second best to 4-to-1 Silence is Bliss ($10.60, Allan Davis), sired by CR Commando, who emerged a 1:59.2 winner with a burst of speed near the wire for trainer Robert White and owners Charles Wimbrow and James Lunn. I Got Spunk was second and Sparkling Rosie was third. Round two of the DSBF stakes for trotters takes place Wednesday July 8 before the $100,000 final on July 30 (special 7 p.m. post time). In the overnight feature, the $16,000 Open Trot, Six Gun Hall assumed early command from Pittstop Kip through fractions of 27.4 and 56.4 while seven-time 2015 winner Powerful Charger mounted his attack first over with favorite Tough Mac following second over through three-quarters in 1:25.4. Powerful Charger began to edge clear at top of the stretch and held off a late charge by Tough Mac for a 1:55.3 win. Six Gun Hall was third. Owned by Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick, it was the 30th career win for Powerful Charger ($5.40, Victor Kirby), who is trained by co-owner King Jr. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Two $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted the Monday harness racing program at Harrington Raceway. Mo Coo Inc. and Jonathan Klee Racing's Quick Art ($4, Tony Morgan) took the first division in 1:53.2. Sent off as the even-money favorite from post position seven, the Artzina gelding assumed early command from Smoking Joey and never relented in victory. Byby Landon closed ground late to finish second, narrowly beating Roddy's Hot Again who was third. Trained by Josh Green, Quick Art registered his fifth win of the season, with his previous wins coming on the New York circuit. The second division featured a showdown of two Delaware heavyweights, Michael White's Son of a Sizzle, who won an Art Rooney Memorial elimination and Sharon Wyatt, Robin West and Ron Benton's Remember Me Vk , winner of all four of his 2015 starts. When the dust settled, it was Remember Me Vk prevailing by a length in 1:54 over Son of a Sizzle and Art Season. The Art Director gelding, Remember Me Vk set a modest pace with fractions of 28.1, 58 and 1:26.2. Son Of A Sizzle was unable to make a serious charge in the stretch but held well in second. Remember Me Vk improved to 5-for-5 in 2015 for trainer Bob Wyatt. Green and Morgan struck again in the $16,000 Open, the overnight feature, as L&J Racing's EZ Noah ($3, Morgan) won his fourth consecutive race in 1:52.2 over Island Lexus and Main A Dieu Too. Bobby Clark-trained Jingle Bell Rocker ($2.40, Corey Callahan) notched his fifth straight win in a $7,500 claiming event for owner Tina Clark. Callahan, Allan Davis, Jim Morand, Morgan, Art Stafford Jr. and Jon Roberts each had driving doubles. Matthew Sparacino      

HARRINGTON, Del. - Richard Lombardo and David Kryway's Also Encouraging ($4, Allan Davis) was a well-backed winner in her 1:53.4 score in the $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway. It was the second straight night a Josh Green-trained entrant took an Open-level event, after EZ Noah, prevailed for a third straight week on Monday. Also Encouraging, a 4-year-old Western Terror mare registered her fourth win in six starts this season. Also Encouraging followed Star Keeper and Embassy Seelster into the race into the live outer flow after Senorita Santanna cruised through the fractions while receiving heavy pressure to the three quarters. Embassy Seelster wore down the leader before Also Encouraging gathered momentum late to prevail. Star Keeper finished third. It was one of four wins for Davis on the program. Tony Morgan drove three winners, while George Dennis had a driving double. Matt Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - L&J Racing Inc.'s EZ Noah (Tony Morgan, $2.60) continued to relish the Delaware air with his third straight harness racing win, this one in 1:51.4, Monday in the $16,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. The 6-year-old Western Terror gelding had spent the winter in the tropical climate of Pompano Beach, Fl., where he raced at Pompano Park. Sent off as the 1-to-5 favorite Monday, the Josh Green-trainee did not disappoint and remains unbeaten in his three Delaware starts this season. He led virtually gate-to-wire and was a one length winner over People Are Crazy and Elite Awards. Montrell Teague, who had three wins on the program, took the early double with Shiretown Pitbull ($5.60) and Remember Me VK ($2.10). Remember Me VK improved to 4-for-4 to start his sophomore campaign with a dazzling 1:51.4 win for trainer Bob Wyatt and owners Sharon Wyatt, Robin West and Robin Benton. The Art Director gelding has won 7 of 9 career starts. Driver Victor Kirby also had a driving double, winning consecutive races in the third and fourth with Raritan Bay ($5) and Beavercreek Artist ($5.60). Jon Roberts, piloted Feel Like A Fool ($2.80) and Tauranga ($5.60) to victory to complete his driving double, while George Dennis also had two winners with Something Blue ($6) and Roddys Hot Again ($3.20). Allan Davis was the fifth driver to win at least two races on the card, prevailing with Provenance ($2.40) and Son of a Sizzle ($3.60). Son of a Sizzle, a son of Life Sizzles and a familiar rival of Remember Me VK, prepped for upcoming DSBF action with an impressive 1:53 win for trainer Green, who had a double. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jason and Susan Skinner's BJ's Sweetheart ($6.20, Tony Morgan) recorded her fifth win of the year Tuesday in the harness racing featured $10,000 conditioned pace for mares at Harrington Raceway in 1:54.2. The 5-year-old No Pan Intended mare held off all comers in a wire-to-wire score over favorite A La Notte Hanover and Outrageous Delight N. Bj's Sweetheart is no stranger to the winner's circle as she notched her 21st career win in just 67 lifetime starts for trainer Jason Skinner. Driver George Dennis had three wins on the program. Jim Morand, Vince Copeland and Victor Kirby each had a driving double. Wednesday's program will feature a $5,000 guaranteed pool pick four (races 3-6), buoyed by an $1,395 carryover from Tuesday. Matthew Sparacino    

L&J Racing's EZ Noah ($3.80, Tony Morgan) notched his second straight win Monday at the harness arcing meeting at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52.2 triumph in the $16,000 Open Pace. The 6-year-old Western Terror gelding has already topped his seasonal win total for races in Delaware as opposed to his winter home of Florida as the Josh Green-trainee achieved his third win of the year. EZ Noah was placed forwardly early from post position six where he would assume command from Contraband Hanover and never relent in a one length victory. Contraband Hanover held second with People Are Crazy third. Two of harness racing's winningest drivers of all-time each had multiple wins. Jim Morand, winner of 9,118 races, was victorious in both halves of the daily double with Bad Boy Matt ($3.00) and Shellysblockbuster ($7.20). Morgan, winner of 15,078 races, had a driving triple, capturing the first and final legs of the pick four with Bold and Brave ($2.60), preceding his win aboard EZ Noah. Morgan also won the 12th with Winbak Carl ($12.20). Montrell Teague also had a pair of wins on the program, a prelude to his trip north of the border with current top ranked pacer in harness racing, locally owned Wiggleitjiggleit, who will compete in the prestigious North American Cup at Mohawk Racetrack (Ontario, Canada) on June 13. Owned by Teague's father George, Wiggleitjiggleit will put his ten race unbeaten streak on the line this weekend against the continent's top sophomore pacers. Matt Sparacino  

L&J Racing Inc's EZ Noah ($5.80, Tony Morgan) returned to the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway a winner Monday with a 1:51.2 triumph in the $16,000 Open. The Josh Green trainee had spent the year in the tropical Florida climate until recently, making his first start north of Florida this season. The 6-year-old Western Terror gelding set all the fractions in his wire-to-wire win over People Are Crazy and Elite Awards. EZ Noah had raced at Harrington in 2014 as a 5-year-old and won in 1:52.1 on June 6, nearly a year ago to the date . Monday's win pushed him over the $423,000 mark in lifetime earnings. Allan Davis and Jon Roberts each had three wins on the card. Matt Sparacino  

Seaford, DE --- “Dead-mouthed runaway” is not a phrase the average person wants to hear describe a horse they’re about to get on. Nevertheless, caretaker Nicky Ratledge knew just what she was doing when she decided to ride Courser Hanover, one of her charges in the Delaware stable of harness racing trainer Tim Crissman. She’d asked him to let her try it time and again, but knowing the gelding’s nearly notorious tendency to pull, Crissman advised her against it. She kept asking though, and in April, she finally got on him. Ten minutes later they were off on a trail ride. “He loved every minute of it,” Ratledge said. Proof of that is in the horse’s recent performance on the racetrack. Less than a week after his first trail ride, Courser Hanover made it to the winner’s circle at Harrington Raceway after taking a new seasonal mark of 1:53.1. In the weeks since he’s won twice more. “He’s got a little more confidence now,” Crissman said. Crissman is just happy to see the horse racing. The day he claimed the son of Astreos-Cindy B for $15,000 at Harrah’s Philadelphia in 2013, the then-7-year-old broke a pastern bone. “They said he’d never race again,” Crissman recalled. He didn’t want to give up on the horse though. Eight months after the injury, Courser Hanover -- a $180,000 yearling in 2007 -- made it back to the track. In 2014, he won five races and earned just under $19,000 for Crissman. The trainer says it was dealing with the horse’s behavior that made the return to racing difficult. “He’s his own worst enemy,” Crissman said. He said that in spite of his age and past injury, Courser Hanover wants to go fast -- all the time. “I’ve never sat behind a horse that can pull as hard as him,” Crissman said. “He’s a dead-mouthed runaway.” Numerous bridle changes suggested by Tony Morgan, the pacer’s regular driver, and various training regimens have resulted in minor improvements in Courser Hanover’s behavior during the past two years, but the horse is still known to get out of control on occasion. Not too long ago, one of Crissman’s grooms tore ligaments in his leg as he was sitting on the jog cart, straining against the stirrups in an effort to maintain control of the horse. “You go to hook him up and he turns into a Tasmanian devil,” Crissman said. That’s why he didn’t want Ratledge riding the pacer. He was sure she’d get hurt. “I would have never got on him,” he said, adding that Courser Hanover gets agitated and starts kicking when you put the harness on him. Ratledge knew she had the right idea though when she put the saddle on the pacer and he didn’t move an inch. She says he enjoys being out on the trail -- he doesn’t pull -- and in turn is a happier horse all around. “He’s found himself,” said Ratledge, who rides Courser Hanover a few times a week now. “He went from being sour to being a lovable horse.” Crissman agrees that the pacer’s experiences under saddle have increased his composure. “He’s got more confidence in his ability,” Crissman said. “Before he just wanted to go around the track as fast as he could and he’d stop. He’s gotten to the point now where he’s trying.” From 15 starts this year, Courser Hanover has racked up six wins, four seconds and three thirds. He won a $7,500 claiming event at Harrington Raceway just last night (May 21) in 1:55.1 on a sloppy track. “He’s better now,” Crissman said. “I hope he stays that way. He’s a little easier to put up with when he’s making money.” by Charlene Sharpe, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

One of the recurring 2-year-old ICF stakes on the harness racing schedule is the Fox Valley Barzgar, slated this year to be raced at Maywood Park on July 10. The freshman event for state-bred pacing colts and geldings honors one of the fastest  two-year-old pacers of all time, Fox Valley Barzgar, who took his record of 1:50.2 with Tony Morgan in winning the 2006 edition of the $410,000 Woodrow Wilson at The Meadowlands. A son of Incredible Finale, out of the Sportsmaster dam Slammin Annie, Fox Valley Bazagar’s front-end  victory by three lengths made him the first and only ICF pacer to capture the most prestigious 2-year-old colt stake at The Big M. Fox Valley Barzgar was an $11,500 yearling purchase at the 2005 Fox Valley Standardbred Sale in Sherman by Illinoisans Shawn Nessa (Du Quoin) and John Boyer (Fairfield). The colt began his career winning a $750 purse at Du Quoin in late May with a 1:56 clocking and was sent to Hawthorne to compete in their $41,500 World Series where he was knocked off stride by a breaker as the even-money choice. After a dominating 8-plus length win his Balmoral qualifier in 1:55.2, trainer Tom Harmer purchased Fox Valley Barzgar for his Loudonville, New York owner Michael Polansky. The youngster immediately because a success for Harmer. On July 8, 2006 Fox Valley Bazagar drew away to a 1:52 flat mile in a $29,000 division of a Hanover, pacing the last quarter in 26.1 for Dave Magee. His next start was three weeks later in his Woodrow Wilson elimination. He was sent to the front by driver Tony Morgan and cruised to a 1:51 victory by three-plus lengths. A week later was his record setting 1:50.2 mile in the Wilson Final. After that memorable race Morgan told the media: “He’s a good colt and he was well prepared. I was so shocked that he was so relaxed tonight. He was on the bit last week. He felt like he’d do whatever you wanted to do tonight.” Fox Valley Bazagar came back to Illinois for the $40,000 Governor’s Cup at Du Quoin where he was again impressive, scoring by 7 lengths in 1:51 with a last quarter in :26.4. “Barzgar” stayed perfect for the Harmer Stable by crushing his Orange and Blue elimination field by 6 and 1/2 length in 1:52 with Magee. However, it was a different story in the $285,000 O&B Final. The 4-5 favorite was parked out through sizzling fractions 26.2, 54.1 and 1:22.3 and ended up a non-threatening third to the 2006 O & B champion Home Bed Advantage (Ryan Anderson). That mid-September stake was “Barzgar’s final race as a 2-year-old. The colt wouldn’t win again until the summer of 2009 and “Barzgar” didn’t make a pari-mutuel start as a 3-year-old. The son of Incredible Finale had a very imposing 16-plus winning qualifier (1:55.3) at Pompano Park in mid-April but then got sidelined “with a serious bacterial infection in intestinal track,” trainer Tom Harmer revealed. The horse qualified in mid-June at Maywood in 1:56.2 with plans to enter Hawthorne’s $60,000 Chicago stake on June 28 but the start didn’t materialize. “Barzgar” made a there unsuccessful starts in 2008 at the age of 4. After a half-dozen unproductive starts in 2009 the horse was shipped out East where he had 7 wins in 2010 while banking over $50,000 and added 4 more victories in 2011 including a 1:51 mile at Chester. The horse joined Walnut Hall LTD in Lexington and began standing stud there for the 2008 breeding season. Staying Hot: Sunday’s third race 8-1 longshot winner Hotmones (Kyle Wilfong) was an $18.40 Mike Paradise Price Shot selection. By Mike Paradise

DOVER, Del---- Unlike the 2011-2012 season which was a meet with good weather from start to finish, the 46th harness racing season was one of chilly and cold weather particularly starting Jan. 1, 2015. Many of the top horses and horsemen again campaigned at Dover Downs during its 46th drsdon. ------------------------------------------------- For the sixth straight meet, Corey Callahan finished with the Leading Driver title winning races. As last meet, Dylan Davis was Leading Trainer coming from behind to beat Doug Lewis and Wayne Givens for first place haltering wins. The Horse of the Meet balloting by Delaware Valley chapter U.S. Harness Writers Association went to the fast Bandolito who edged trotter Tough Mac and Joebswesternshark. ------------------------------------------------ Tony Morgan became the third North American driver and fourth in the world to reach 15,000 wins with a victory on the opening card at Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester, Pa. Morgan was a longtime driving champion in Illinois prior to coming to Dover Downs where he made an immediate impact winning a track one-meet record of 447 in 2005-06 and more than 1-thousand wins in one season. Morgan won his 11,000th and later his 13,000th wins at the track. He also has been a standout at Harrington Raceway as well. Only all-time leader, Dave Palone, approaching 17-thousand wins, German driver Heinz Wevering and Herve Filion, both with more than 15-thousand wins are ahead of Morgan. ------------------------------------------- Bandolito and Jebswesternshark became the first sjub-150 pacers of the meet on the Thursday (3/26) card. Bandolito, who equaled the track record of 1:48 in 2014, first set by Heston Blue Chip in 2012, came within one-fifth of a second duplicating the feat. One race later, Jebswesternshark, who started the meet as a $15,000 Claimer, before ascending to top class pacers, scored wire-to-wire, in 1:49.1. The 10-year-old won two $26,000 Delaware Specials After three consecutive wins in the claiming ranks. ----------------------------------------- A 2014 Matron Stakes resume: heavy rain just before the first raced forced a half-hour delay, but it did not deter a giant night of racing when all eight Matron Stakes were featured on the Nov. 6 card. Yannick Gingras won the night's first three Matrons for the 2-year-old trotters and pacers. Gingras won both ends of the daily double piloting world champion Wild Honey, 1-9, to win the $203,800 frosh filly trot and then Habitat, now 7 for 11, from off the pace, to win the $237,500 2-year-old colt trot. In The Arsenal fired early for Brian Sears and never looked back to win the $193,200 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51 and Sassa Hanover led a sweep of the top three spots for trainer Ron Burke in the $199,600 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Starting from post 8, Sassa Hanover and driver Gingras rushed to the front in :26.2 and then cruised to a ninth victory in 11 starts. Weeper flew to the front in 25.4 and then closed from fourth with Ron Pierce driving for a 1:50 victory in the three-year-old filly pace. In the glamor trots, Nuncio, who won the freshman Matron a year before, pulled a mild surprise in the big trot, leaving from post 8 and waltzing to an easy victory when stablemate $2.2-million winner Father Patrick broke stride after the start. The sensations Shake It Cerry was an easy winner of her 14th in 16 starts in the $179,200 filly trot. And, in the $186,550 three-year-old colt pace, Big Boy Dreams made a three-wide move around the final turn on the way to a 24-1 upset victory. ------------------------------------------------------ Breeders Crown winner McWicked, swept the 2014 Progress Pace, winning the Prevue and Final with similar 1:48.4 victories, two of the fastest clockings at the track. To race in the Progress Pace, McWicked had to be supplemented with a paid fee of $25,000. It was worth it winning the $301,560 Progress Pace Final. ----------------------------------------------- The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) three-year-old stakes dominated meet-closing week festivities. The top eight point-getters after two preliminaries legs in each of the four divisions qualified for $100,000 finals. Callmema (Call-Me- Miz- A) won the $100,000 filly trot after favorite I Love Punk broke stride before the start. Political Foe breezed through the $100,000 male trot. DSBF preliminary two $20,000 legs winners were I Got Spunk, Dancing Shirley and Penny Paratrooper and Callmemza, in a dead-heat, in filly trots. Political Foe and Go Byem were male trot winners. The filly pace winners were Rusty's For Real and Purrfect Bags while Smoking Joey and Sonofa Sizzle won the two colt and gelding paces. ------------------------------------------- The 2014 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old program is considered one of the best in its history. With $20,000 preliminaries and $100,000 finals, competition was keen. A gelding, Remember Me VK, 1:51.4, and Totally Rusty, 1:52, turned in the fastest win times taking the male and female paces. Three geldings shared the former record of 1:52.4, Valerin K in 2004, Western Ace and Quick Trim in 2005. The former filly record was 1:53.4 set by Double Flip in 2006. Egosnattitude and Penny Paratrooper won the male and female trotting finals. -------------------------------------------- During the Dover Downs meet, Corey Callahan was in the midst of a battle for first place in North America winning drivers. Callahan and Aaron Merriman battled for most wins in 2015.Twice-defending champion Ronnie Wrenn Jr., was a close third in the standings. Among trainers, Ron Burke, again was the far-away leading trainer, in wins and money won. Dylan Davis was fifth and Jim King, 10th, in early 2015 top trainer standings in North America. ----------------------------------------------------- Corey Callahan upped his meet-leading win total to 284 winning drives. Allan Davis finished second with 143. Vic Kirby moved into third-place with 138 winners. Tony Morgan was fourth with 116 wins. Ross Wolfenden, fifth, with 105 winners. ------------------------------------------------ From Monday-Thursday (2/16-2/19), Corey Callahan won 24 races. The track's leading driver since the 2009-10 meet racked up 204 wins through the first 72 racing days. His UDRS (similar to a batting average) was an outstanding .415. After winning seven races on Tuesday (2/17), Callahan followed with an eight-win night, one fewer than the track record of nine wins (2/ 27/11) by Tim Tetrick. Callahan, the track's leading driver for the past seven seasons, had already wrapped up the 2014-15 title. ---------------------------------------------- Ross Wolfenden had a banner week in early December. Along with driving Penny Paratrooper to victory in the $100,000 DSBF frosh filly final, Wolfenden then became a member of the 6,000-win club on Tuesday, Dec.2, a three-win day. ----------------------------------------------- Callahan reached a milestone (1/6) recording his 4,000th career winning drive. The 36-year-old Callahan, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, became a driver at a rather older age, in his late-20s. He comes from a dual harness family. Both his father's and mother's families have rich standardbred backgrounds. In 2013, Callahan represented the U.S.A. in the World Driver Tournament. During the 2014 North American campaign, he was a top 10 finisher in both wins and money won. ----------------------------------------------- During 2014-2015, Callahan has the highest UDRS (equivalent to a batting average) at .412.Ron Pierce is second at .400. Tim Tetrick is third with a .350 rating, Vic Kirby is fourth at .288 and Ross Wolfenden, fifth, .261. -------------------------------------------------------- Defending champion Dylan Davis continued a late-meet surge in training wins and held on to win the title for the second-straight meet. Davis secured first place with 64 wins. Doug Lewis was second with 60 winners. Jim King with 57 victories finished third place. Wayne Givens completes the top 5 with 54 wins. --------------------------------------------- In trainer statistics, Amanda Payson has the highest 'batting average.' She has started 36 horses this meet with 16 winners in 42 starts for a standout .508 percentage. Vic Kirby has haltered 19 wins from 73 starters, good for a .400 rating and third in the standings. Eric Ell is next with a .419 UTRS winning 34 races form 134 starts. Dylan Davis is the only other conditioned over .408. He has won 64 races in 231 starts for a .404 percentage. ------------------------------------------ Two popular harness drivers, Ross Wolfenden and Tim Tetrick, were among the missing in late February. Wolfenden vacationed until mid -March with his family in New Zealand. Tetrick is also Down Under, competing in the World Driver Championship in Australia starting this weekend, Tetrick represents the U.S.A. against the best in Europe and Australasia in the week's competition. There was a changing of the guard in March. Ross Wolfenden returned from a month-long family vacation in New Zealand, Meanwhile, Ron Pierce was sidelined to undergo several laser surgeries on his neck and back. Meanwhile, popular driver Trace Tetrick, who spent most of the last two season racing at Dover Downs, returned to Indiana and Hoosier Park's where he is leading driver. His replacement at Dover, was brother, former track driving champion, Tim Tetrick. ------------------------------------------- Stories of interest: Al "Rusty" Carter has raced horses in Delaware for more than a decade. Along with breeding and owning horses, plus coaching young boy and girl athletes in theWilminton, Del area, and now driving racing cars has become another pastime. In recent years, Carter has competed in a number of popular automobile races and in January, his racing team won at Dayton and finished a close fourth at Sebring in April . His Carter Racing Stable bred and owns Totally Rusty, the only foal of his stallion, Rusty's For Real, from his mare, Rusty's Joy, scored an all-time fastest 1:52 clocking in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) program for two-year-old filly pacers. The former record was 1:53.4 set by Double Flip (Tony Morgan) in 2006. Totally Rusty came back in April to score a 1:52.3 over a 'sloppy' track, one fifth of a second off the track record for a DSBF sophomore filly. ------------------------------------------------------ On Feb. 2, track race-caller Jack Gallagher observed his birthday. In 2015, Gallagher has called races for 37 years with the last 31 seasons (through 2015) at Delaware tracks, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway. Gallagher began his racing career announcing the one-time New Jersey Summer stakes at various farms throughout the Garden State in the 1970s. He later worked at Brandywine Raceway and at Garden State Park when the old burned-out track was rebuilt in the mid-1980s before arriving in Delaware ever since. Only Roger Huston at the Meadows has been behind the microphone longer than Gallagher. ------------------------------ Ken Wood continues his humanitarian effort of bringing fresh water to Western Africa. Wood returned from his 35th trip to Africa on Feb. 1. The Dover Downs horseman is a well-digger by trade and usually four times each year, Wood takes a three-weeks long, 20,000 mile round-trip digging wells for the needy in Ghana and 2,000 miles away, Tanzania. Digging wells in West Africa, has been Wood's on-going personal campaign to provide water first to Ghana, and now expanded to the nation of Tanzania. Wood's acclaimed, 'Wells for Ghana' drilling provides water to inhabitants who previously had to walk five miles to find water deemed unsafe for human conception. Over the years, Wood has built more than 1,300 wells in Ghana including nearly 300 new Tanzania wells. These wells built by Wood serve more than 2-million native Africans, who until now never have had fresh water. Woods' humanitarian undertaking is underwritten by purse monies won by horses Wood races. --------------------------------------- Two longtime contributors to the Delaware Standardbred industry passed away during the Dover Downs season. Ruth Bower Davis, 89, and Harold Snyder, 91. Mrs. Davis, wife of the late well-known horseman Olin Davis, formerly of Harrington, Del. is a University of Delaware graduate. She drove horses as a hobby and was one of the early women to secure a USTA driver's license. She was renown during the mid-20th century for helping to develop the famed stakes winner Quick Lady. Mrs. Davis served as Clerk of Course and Program Director at Harrington, Georgetown, Brandywine, Rosecroft and Laurel on-and-off for 40 years and was a Director of the Delaware Standardbred Development Fund until it ended. ------------------------------------------------------- Snyder was founder of International Sound Co., headquartered in Pikesville, Md. a leading provider of video and sound at many racetrack in America and a company which enjoyed an enviable reputation for integrity, died (1/ 26).For nearly 60 years, he providing video and audio at a large number of harness and Thoroughbred racetracks in America, In addition to Delaware tracks (Dover Downs, Harrington and Delaware Park), the International Sound product was featured at all three Triple Crown tracks plus more than 75 others. ---------------------------- Heather Vitale was a 2014-season double winner at the U.S.Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards-Dinner, in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 22, where the top honors are passed out to top horses and individuals. I n the broadcasting category, Ms. Vitale's feature on top trainer Casey Coleman on CBS Sports Network and the other, a feature on harness racing in Ireland shown on her Post Time show on WBOC-TV were winners. . ----------------------------------------------------- Thomas Hundertpfund, 19, from Magnolia, Del., is one of six Harness Tracks of America (HTA) Scholarship Fund winners. Hundertpfund is a freshman majoring in Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. ------------------------------------------------------------- Trainer Jeanmarie Kurowski likes to keep busy. After rising to feed and train her two horses which include Osceola Gold, a 10-year-old pacer who has won 11 races under her care. In addition, Ms. Kurowski teaches school in the morning and later in the day works as a server at Dover Downs. By the way, she also takes care of her two young grandchildren. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ideal Revue was one of the the longest shot winners of the meet (12/14). George Dennis drove the 70-1 outsider to a 1:56.3 upset in a $14,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot (12/17). The gelding's fifth win of the season paid $143.60 for a $2-dollar ticket. ------------------------------------------------------------ In late 2014, Mustang Art has turned into an iron horse. Thursday (12/18) was his 41st start in 2014 and 82nd including 2013 two seasons. He won eight races in 2014, boosting his seasonal earnings to $127,985 and $533,622 for 191 lifetime starts. ----------------------------------------------------------- Trotter Prayer Session was unbeaten winning his first five races to close out 2014. Pacer Drive By Night won six of his last seven taking a $15,000 Claimer (12/14) and Star Recruit made it five winners in Claiming rank but the streak ended on 1/1/15. -------------------------------------------- The long eight-race win-streak of Willow Mill Faith came to a close on Monday (12/1), in a Delaware $7,500-$10,000 Claiming Handicap. Quick Pulse Daisy moved past on the backstretch on the way to a 1:55 victory. ------------------------------------------------- A trainer 'Bib' Roberts and son, driver Jonathan, Roberts family homebred, Egosnattidues pulled a mild surprise winning the $100,000 DSBF Colt Final. "This is the first time that [Egosnattitudes] ever put it all together," said Jonathan. "Last month (in October) he set a track record at Harrington (in a DSBF prelim) but he came up with some issues after that, so this is a pleasant surprise." -------------------------------------------- For four decades on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, led by 85-year-old former Dover Downs horseman, Moses Asia, and his fellow winners of the prestigious Purple Heart awarded for exceptional bravery in battle, presented an engraved blanket to race winner, Stirling Breeze, trained by Kerry King and driven by Jason Thompson. This year, the Military Order of the Purple Heart honored one of their own, the late Charles Williams, who served with 83rd Infantry division in the European Theater in World War II. He was twice wounded and awarded two Purple Hearts and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star and V Devise and Combat Badge for his military service. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del---- Tony Morgan became the third North American driver and fourth in the world to reach 15,000 wins with a victory on the opening card at Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester, Pa. Morgan was a longtime driving champion in Illinois prior to coming to Dover Downs where he made an immediate impact winning a track one-meet record of 447 in 2005-06 and more than 1-thousand wins in one season. Morgan won his 11,000th and later his 13,000th wins at the track. He also has been a standout at Harrington Raceway as well. Only all-time leader, Dave Palone, approaching 17-thousand wins, German driver Heinz Wevering and Herve Filion, both with more than 15-thousand wins are ahead of Morgan. ------------------------------------------- Bandolito and Jebswesternshark became the first sub-1:50 pacers of the meet on the Thursday (3/26) card. Bandolito, who equaled his own the track record of 1:48 last year, which was first set by Heston Blue Chip in 2012, came within one-fifth of a second duplicating the feat. One race later, Jebswesternshark, who started the meet as a $15,000 Claimer, before ascending to top class pacers, scored wire-to-wire, in 1:49.1. ----------------------------------------- The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) three-year-old stakes have completed its 1st of 2 legs program. As last week, there are three $20,000 2nd leg preliminaries for filly (Monday), two divisions for colt and gelding trotters on Tuesday. Three filly pace sections, Wednesday, and three male pacers on Thursday. the top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions return for $100,000 finals, April 6 through April 9. -------------------------------------------- The DSBF 1st leg winners were I Got Spunk, Dancing Shirley and Penny Paratrooper and Callmemza, in a dead-heat, in filly trots. Political Foe and Go Byem were male trot winners. The filly pace winners were Rusty's For Real and Purrfect Bags while Smoking Joey and Sonofa Sizzle won the two colt and gelding paces. ------------------------------------------- The latest on Delaware horseman and major motor sportscar driver, Al "Rusty" Carter, is he finished in fourth place in the 12-hour race at Sebring. In January, his GTD class driving team victory came in the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona, Carter, who won North America's biggest endurance race seven years after he started his motorsports career races in the Skip Barber Series. His latest race marks the second round of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and second round of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. Al Carter currently leads the GTD class in both competitions. At Sebring, he co-drove the No. 93 TI Automotive /Viper Exchange /B+ Foundation /BarVision / Sideskinz /Stinkerz Riley Motorsports SRT Viper GT3-R with his teammates who won at Daytona. Carter's next race is this Summer. --------------------------------------------------- The battle for first place in North America among winning drives continues. Going into this weekend, through Thursday (3/26). Aaron Merriman and Corey Callahan are engaged in a battle for the most wins in 2015. Merriman has forged back into first place with twice-defending champion Ronnie Wrenn Jr., a close third in the standings. Among trainers, Ron Burke, again is leading trainer, in wins and money won. Dylan Davis is fifth and Jim King, 10th, among the top trainers in North America. ----------------------------------------------------- Corey Callahan has upped his win total this meet to 262 winning drives. Allan Davis is second with 136. Vic Kirby is now in third-place with 120 winners. Tony Morgan has moved into fourth place with 102 wins. Ross Wolfenden is fifth, with 99 winners. ---------------------------------------------- Callahan has the highest UDRS (equivalent to a batting average) at .412.Ron Pierce is second at .400. Tim Tetrick is third with a .350 rating, Vic Kirby is fourth at .281 and Ross Wolfenden, fifth, .269. -------------------------------------------------------- Defending champion Dylan Davis continues a late-meet surge with three training wins, Thursday (3/26). Davis has secured first place with 60 wins. Doug Lewis is now second with 55 winners. Jim King with 54 victories has moved into third place. Wayne Givens completes the top 5 with 51 wins. --------------------------------------------- In trainer statistics, Amanda Payson has the highest 'batting average.' She has started 36 horses this meet with 16 winners in 42 starts for a standout .508 percentage. Vic Kirby has haltered 16 wins from 62 starters, good for a .424 rating and third in the standings. Eric Ell is next with a .415 UTRS winning 32 races form 128 starts. Dylan Davis is the only other conditioned over .400. He has won 60 races in 214 starts for a .404 percentage. ------------------------------------------------- There are only two more Thursdays this meet for a "special day' in the Winners Circle Restaurant. This Thursday and the closing day of the meet, April 9, there is a 'two-for-one entrees' special on the menu. Marv Bachrad

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